Lewis “Lew” N. Lester, Sr.
Chairman and CEO
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Lewis N. (Lew) Lester, Sr. is the Chairman & CEO of CMS. Lew has been in the Securities Industry since 1987 and has extensive experience in Broker/Dealer Operations, Institutional and Retail Brokerage, Corporate Finance, Fund Management, Mergers and Acquisitions and Strategic Planning. Mr. Lester oversees the strategic direction of CMS, as well as the implementation, evaluation and supervision of all strategic development, day to day operations and personnel including Financial Analyst, Investment Bankers and Brokers, Legal and Compliance, Trading and Support staff.
Robert “Bob” Colvin
President and Chief Strategist
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Bob Colvin is directly responsible for managing client fixed income portfolios on a non-discretionary basis. He develops investment policies, formulates strategies, determines appropriate asset allocation and monitors client portfolios. Bob also serves as CMS’s Chief Strategist. He authored the Risk Analytics Interest Rate Risk Management Report and Balance Sheet Management software, one of the top A/L management tools available to Community Financial Institutions today. He created the “Index Powered® CD,” an equity-linked CD program for Community Financial Institutions. He created the “eTN®” an electronic transaction network for wholesale banking transactions and more recently created the Capital Market CD (CMCD), the first securitized CD program in America. Mr. Colvin has taught at the Madison Graduate School of Banking, provided training for bank examiners both nationally and at the state level and is a frequent industry speaker on balance sheet management issues for community banks.
CFO and CCO
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Brent Hippert is the CCO & CFO of CMS and is also the Managing Principal of Brokerage Consulting Services, Brent has been in the securities industry for over 30 years and currently provides contract executive management and consulting services to Investment Advisors and Broker-Dealers. Brent began his career in the industry as a retail broker for Merrill Lynch. Brent worked his way up to become a regional manager with a major wire house and eventually owned a broker-dealer. He currently serves as CEO, COO, CFO, or CCO of securities firms on a contract basis. He holds multiple securities registrations, has served on the board of directors of NASDAQ OMX BX, the Boston Options Exchange, and Safe Flight Instruments, Inc. Brent served in the Marine Corps as a fighter pilot and is a graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology.
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Ryan Enright is directly responsible for implementing trading strategies and executing fixed income trades with clients. Ryan works with clients to make certain they have the necessary tools to manage their investment portfolios as well as educates his clients on relevant investment topics and regulatory changes.
Ryan has over fifteen years’ experience selling fixed-income securities. His experience includes wholesale and retail sales with MetLife Investors and QP Financial Services.
Ryan holds FINRA series 7, and 63 registrations.
William “Bill” King
Managing Director – Capital Markets
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Bill King is Managing Director – Capital Markets. In this role, Bill works with credit union clients nationwide that are seeking secondary capital to help fund their growth. Upon approval by the NCUA, Bill secures secondary capital funding from partners such as banks, foundations, endowments and credit unions. Bill brings over twenty years of investment and capital markets experience to CMS. Prior to CMS, Bill was a Managing Director at JPMorgan where he served financial institutions and high net worth clients. Bill holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of South Carolina.
William “Bill” Colvin, ESQ
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Bill Colvin serves as General Counsel for CU Capital Market Solutions. Since 2000, Bill has worked with community banks, together with state and federal regulatory agencies, in the development of innovative deposit products and delivery systems. Bill has a wide-range of experience in constructing in-house policies and procedures for banks and consulting companies; creating intellectual property strategies; and drafting various types of service agreements, disclosure statements, and third-party contracts relative to banking products and services. Bill has an extensive background in complex issues involving anti-money laundering procedures relative to remote deposit transactions; financial derivatives securitized by certificates of deposit; brokered/ non-brokered designations for wholesale deposit transaction systems; and accurate disclosures under the Truth in Savings Act applicable to market-linked certificates of deposit.
Bill received his juris doctorate degree from the University of Missouri – Kansas City in 1989, and is admitted to practice in Kansas, Missouri, and the United States Supreme Court.
Reade Fors, CFA
Senior Risk Analyst
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Reade Fors is a Senior Risk Analyst with CMS. Reade is responsible for coordinating, integrating and ensuring timely and accurate delivery of the firm’s risk reporting products. He coordinates and performs interest rate risk analysis as well as monthly portfolio reporting for clients and assists in client relationship management. Reade works closely with the client strategies group, providing research and analytical support for evaluating different strategic opportunities available to clients.
Reade has a Bachelor of Science in Management degree in Finance and a Master of Finance degree both from Tulane University’s A.B. Freeman School of Business. Reade is a CFA charterholder.
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Lynn Brown is Funding Director at CU Capital Market Solutions. She is responsible for helping CMS client credit unions structure accounts and set up funding based on their specific financial strategies and needs. In particular, she assists with CMS’ unique non-member deposit and CD programs.
Lynn brings diverse professional experience to CMS, working in the finance, non-profit and executive training industries. She recently returned from Tokyo, where she spent 3 years teaching English conversational skills to Japanese business executives. She also worked in the Atlanta offices of Morgan Keegan & Company where, after passing the Series 7 exam, she was named Syndicate Coordinator and share allocator for all IPOs. She also served as lead client liaison for the firm’s top two producers and was first advisor to broker trainees. Lynn also served as the Executive Director of the Georgia Chapter of ASID, managing all facets of the non-profit membership organization. She also has a B.A. in Sociology from Agnes Scott College.
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As a V.P. of Funding with CMS, Daniel is responsible for coordinating, integrating and ensuring timely and accurate delivery of the firm’s risk reporting products. He coordinates and performs interest rate risk analysis as well as monthly portfolio reporting for clients and assists advisors in client relationship management.
Daniel attended the University of Alabama, Culverhouse School of Business, where he focused in Economics while playing football for the University.